News from the Community

The following news items are an aggregation of RSS feeds taken from over 60 websites across the web.  They represent member organizations from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the Bridge Alliance, and supporting organizations of the Transpartisan Review.  Although not all items reflect transpartisan news and opinion, the following feed offers an interesting snapshot of the work of organizations who pursue a mission of sharing meaningful ideas and lasting solutions to our most pressing problems.

  • We Are Not Enemies, But Friends
    Announcing Better Angels & 7 Habits of Highly Depolarizing People ... (Read More)
    Source: Better AngelsPublished on 2016-11-29By lisa
  • 2016 Twin Cities Election Forum
    2016’s seemingly endless presidential campaign cycle stretched for nearly twenty months and came to a quick conclusion on November 8th, 2016. In a campaign marked with hostility and record levels of disapproval, civility between candidates and their supporters appeared to have evaporated. A departure from this tension-filled political climate occurred in Minneapolis ten days before … Continue reading 2016 Twin Cities Election Forum ... (Read More)
    Source: Jefferson CenterPublished on 2016-11-28By Camille Morse Nicholson
  • What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016?
    If you’re still puzzling or in shock over the 2016 election, this is a must-watch video. I dig into the roots of the populist mutiny that caused this year’s populist earthquake – a mutiny that has been brewing for three decades in Middle America and that finally exploded, firing the astonishing candidacy of Bernie Sanders as well as Donald Trump’s unexpected sweep in the Republican primaries and his upset win in the general election. Not since the brash, upstart Andrew Jackson and his Tennessee yahoos toppled President John Quincy Adams in 1828 has America seen such a stunning populist backlash ... (Read More)
    Source: ReclaimPublished on 2016-11-28By owen
  • A care package for our unsung friends who run elections
    Is this election tougher than any other election you’ve ever administered? Certainly, election administration is more visible to more people than it ever has been before. One good outcome of what many people are calling an unexpected result: lots of civics education happening, some of it pretty good.  We know that, behind the scenes, you’re busting butt to make elections fair, free, accessible, and secure. We’re pretty sure you do it out of love of country and duty to your neighbors, because it sometimes feels like extremely few people out there appreciate what it takes to put on an election ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2016-11-23By Dana Chisnell
  • A care package for our unsung friends who run elections
    Is this election tougher than any other election you’ve ever administered? Certainly, election administration is more visible to more people than it ever has been before. One good outcome of what many people are calling an unexpected result: lots of civics education happening, some of it pretty good.  We know that, behind the scenes, you’re busting butt to make elections fair, free, accessible, and secure. We’re pretty sure you do it out of love of country and duty to your neighbors, because it sometimes feels like extremely few people out there appreciate what it takes to put on an election ... (Read More)
    Source: Center for Civic DesignPublished on 2016-11-23By Dana Chisnell
  • Bill Tammeus: How faith communities can support public education
    Source: American Public SquarePublished on 2016-11-22By Sami Dowd
  • Updates From the Movement
    Good afternoon. Thank you to the Citizens Union for organizing today’s event. Looking at the state of our political process and its relationship to the voters is so timely! I serve on the Board of Directors of Open Primaries. I want to thank John Opdyke, President and founder of Open Primaries, Jeremy Gruber from Open Primaries, and Cathy Stewart of Independentvoting.org for their work and for being here today. I am a medical doctor, a community organizer and a political activist, and throughout my years of activism it has been deeply important to me to work to bridge the ... (Read More)
    Source: OpenPrimariesPublished on 2016-11-21
  • Big Tent Nation Progress Report
    The Big Tent team does regular status reports – and we think it makes sense to share them with you.  Below is our current version – it covers everything from what’s going well to what isn’t – the good, the bad and the ugly.  We’re in this together so we’ve left out the spin and sugar coating.  Plus the door is always open for your input – so if you have any ideas, comments or concerns we want to hear them!  ... (Read More)
    Source: Big Tent NationPublished on 2016-11-21
  • Do Kids Care?
    From time to time, we invite practitioners, researchers, and citizens from around the world to discuss their experiences of political engagement and democracy. This post is the third guest post from Bruce Acosta, a junior at Edina High School here in Minnesota. Bruce was born in Dubai and spent most of his childhood in Canada … Continue reading Do Kids Care? ... (Read More)
    Source: Jefferson CenterPublished on 2016-11-21By Camille Morse Nicholson
  • How Cookies Can Lead to Bipartisan Relations in Congress
    I want to close today's proceedings with a reference to cookies. Donkey cookies and elephant cookies were left at your tables and served as your place cards today. This was not an accidental seating chart, but an expression of hope. The hope that we have done more here today than simply tell you about budgets and websites and correspondence management systems. The hope that perhaps working relationships that began here today will continue to grow and blossom. ... (Read More)
    Source: CMFPublished on 2016-11-21
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